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NBE enhances fill accuracy
Originally published:  01/11/2009
Michigan-based National Bulk Equipment (NBE) has expanded its range of material handling equipment with the launch of a new single-station filling system for drums, gaylords, flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) and other large packagings. When in multiple container mode, the NBE bulk container filler uses automated, vibratory densifier pads to individually densify each container on a pallet, with the densifier pad extending from the unit to densify one container at a time. When a cycle is complete, the deck rotates and the cycle repeats with each container on the pallet. This one-by-one densification, the company reports, eliminates problems common with rotating fillhead designs that vibrate the entire base of the unit, including such problems as containers bouncing out of the unit and operators having to reach into the bulk material handling equipment.
When in single container mode, the system employs a deck-only vibratory densifier. Intended for larger single containers, this isolates 3g of vertical vibration force to the deck of the unit rather than the base of the station, thus enabling precise material filling and weighing accuracy while eliminating the transfer of vibration to surrounding plant and work areas, something that often happens with conventional densifiers.
“The NBE bulk container filling system is designed with integrated, NTEP-certified weighing. A single, UL listed, menu-driven controller, designed and built by NBE, meters material based on container type, material characteristics, densification cycles and finished weight,” the company states, explaining that the system can weigh containers with capacities from 110 kg to 1,800 kg to an accuracy of +/- 0.01 per cent. This, it continues, eliminates material waste common with manual designs while simultaneously limiting operator interaction to controller operation and container loading and unloading. Videos of the system in action can be viewed online at the company’s website.